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Kenilworth Historical Society
“In Her Own Right” shares the intriguing story of architect, artist, and naturalist Marion Mahony Griffin. Born in 1871,mere months before the Great Chicago Fire, Marion grew up with her family in Winnetka before returning to Chicago in 1879. She became only the second woman to graduate from MIT with a degree in architecture and was the first woman registered to practice architecture in Illinois at a time when the glass ceiling for women was suffocatingly low. As a designer in Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio Marion had an essential role in the majority of the drawings in the 1910 German publication that brought Wright international recognition. While working for Wright, Marion met her husband and architectural partner, Walter Burley Griffin. They left Wright’s studio to pursue a project creating Australia’s new capital, Canberra. From there they made a significant impact creating a model suburb outside of Sydney, along with numerous other projects around Australia and India. Marion returned to Chicago following Walter’s death in 1937, where she settled in Roger’s Park with her sister’s family until her death in 1961. The exhibit illustrates her incredible life through text, images, scale models of her work, original artwork, and scholar interviews.
“In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin” will be on exhibit at Kenilworth Historical Society through May 31, 2018
Our “Kenilworth Centennial Structures” permanent exhibit has entered the digital realm! Our previous wall display of Kenilworth’s centennial structures has been updated to a digital platform to allow for easier updating of information as structures reach the centennial mark, searchable information by street, date built, or architect, and additional information and photographs. The improved accessibility to information on Kenilworth’s centennial structures is a beneficial gateway to those conducting house histories.
The new digital platform also includes an interactive map of Kenilworth showing the location of all centennial structures. Witness the growth of Kenilworth by using the sliding timeline to see new structures as they were built year by year! Meet us under the lamp post to illuminate your knowledge of Kenilworth’s centennial structures and be sure to ask what additional information we might have in our archives.
Starting in mid-November 2017 our exhibit gallery and upstairs offices underwent an extensive renovation and upgrade. The renovation brought about new flooring on the entire first floor, new paint schemes, and most importantly significant changes to our gallery space. The existing acoustic ceiling tile was torn down and replaced with a darkly-painted exposed ceiling with new track lighting fixtures. The walls were covered with new drywall with plywood backing to better accommodate mounting items on the wall and additional outlets were installed to allow for installation of technology elements in future exhibits. The new space provides a more versatile canvas for presenting future exhibits at the Kenilworth Historical Society.
Monday – Open 9:00-5:00
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – Closed
Thursday – 9:00-5:00
Friday – Closed
Saturday – Open by appointment (Please call or email to schedule a time)
Phone: (847) 251-2565
Address: 415 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth, IL 60043
The mission of the Kenilworth Historical Society, founded in 1922, is to serve as a museum and repository for the local historical materials that document the people, events, and organizations involved in the history of the Village of Kenilworth, on an ongoing basis. The society collects, preserves, and interprets these materials and makes them available to the public, both children and adults, through exhibits, programs, and access to its research collection.
Kenilworth, Illinois is located between the villages of Wilmette and Winnetka, sixteen miles north of the Chicago loop.
The Society is located in the Stuart Memorial Building, 415 Kenilworth Avenue in the center of the village, directly east of the train station and across the street from the Kenilworth Assembly Hall. Kenilworth Avenue is accessible from Sheridan Road on the eastern end and Green Bay Road on the western end.